One of the last remaining providers of very late abortions in the country said it was an “outrage” the murder of Dr. George Tiller last week has led to his family’s decision to close the clinic he ran in Wichita, Kan.
Women, take off your shoes, get knocked up, and go back to the kitchen, ’cause Ross Douthat will tell us everything we need to know and the world will be a better place.
In Kenya a 2004 nationwide study showed that about 300,000 abortions are performed each year in the country, causing an estimated 20,000 women and girls to be hospitalized with dangerous complications. More than 40 percent of Kenya’s maternal mortality rate is due to unsafe abortions.
Dr. George Tiller was asked repeatedly by friends how he could continue his work in the face of the unending violence and legal harassment that he endured in the years leading up to his murder. His answer was always the same: “Where else can these women go?”
Why did we have to wait until a heroic doctor was murdered before people began to question the outrageous claims made against him and against women who have late term abortions?
Below the rhetoric of anti-choice extremists, there has been a quiet – yet swelling – murmuring this week. These are the voices of women who seek later abortions.
The number one reason for abortions past 24 weeks is the late discovery of a fetal anomaly incompatible with life.
In all the extensive coverage of the assassination in his church of Dr. George Tiller by a murderer affiliated with extremist right-wing groups, little has been said to shed light on what late-term abortions are, who has them and why.
Dr. Leroy Carhart, a medical doctor who provides abortions, and who is most well known for his lead role in fighting bans on “partial birth abortion,” will take over Dr. Tiller’s Kansas clinic to ensure women receive the care they need.
Did you have a late term abortion? Did your partner? Dr. Tiller’s death leaves a giant hole in access to late term abortion medical care in the United States – critical health care. We encourage women and their partners to share their experiences in an effort to help people better understand the nature and circumstances that lead people to undergo a late term abortion.